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DOI/FWS RIN: 1018-BF09 Publication ID: Spring 2020 
Title: ●National Wildlife Refuge System; Station-Specific Hunting and Sport Fishing Regulations, 2021-22 

We will propose additions and revisions to station-specific regulations and expand hunting and sport fishing opportunities for the 2021-22 hunting and sport fishing season. This action is part of an annual update for the National Wildlife Refuge System (NWRS) and the National Fish Hatchery System that ensures adequate public notice of openings and changes. The Service operates hunting and sport fishing programs on refuges to implement the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997 directives to facilitate compatible priority wildlife-dependent recreational opportunities. Hatcheries are not part of the NWRS; however, by regulation (at 50 CFR part 70, National Fish Hatcheries), the administrative provisions of refuge regulations at 50 CFR parts 25 through 31 are applied to National Fish Hatchery areas. These changes and openings enhance conservation stewardship and outdoor recreation, and improve the management of game species and their habitat. Costs have been minimized through proper public notification and compliance to the legislative authority and policy.

Agency: Department of the Interior(DOI)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: First time published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: Not subject to, not significant 
CFR Citation: 50 CFR 32    50 CFR 71   
Legal Authority: 5 U.S.C. 301    16 U.S.C. 664    16 U.S.C. 668dd to 668ee    16 U.S.C. 715i   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  04/00/2021 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Federal, Local, State, Tribal 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Katherine Harrigan
Sportsmen's Access Coordinator
Department of the Interior
United States Fish and Wildlife Service
Branch of Conservation Policy and Planning, National Wildlife Refuge System, 5275 Leesburg Pike,
Falls Church, VA 22041-3803
Phone:703 358-2440